The Vicious Vet (Agatha Raisin Series #2)

The Vicious Vet (Agatha Raisin Series #2)

by M. C. Beaton

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Overview

Feisty Agatha Raisin, until recently a public-relations executive in London, has retired to peaceful Cotswold, where a romance is budding with the attractive new village vet, Dr. Paul Bladen. But Bladen accidentally kills himself while attending to Lord Pendlebury's horse, and Agatha must turn to her distinguished neighbor, the retired military man James Lacey, for comfort. Together, the odd couple begin to investigate Dr. Bladen's death . . . and the curious lack of sorrow shown by his divorced wife. But will they succeed in unmasking a killer before suffering an "accident" of their own?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780804111621
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/28/1994
Series: Agatha Raisin Series , #2
Edition description: REPRINT
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 4.23(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.53(d)

About the Author

M. C. Beaton has been hailed as the "Queen of Crime" (The Globe and Mail). In addition to her New York Times and USA Today bestselling Agatha Raisin series—now a hit show on Acorn TV and public television—Beaton is the author of the Hamish Macbeth series and four Edwardian mysteries. Born in Scotland, she currently divides her time between the English Cotswolds and Paris.

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The Vicious Vet


By M.C. Beaton

St. Martin's Paperbacks

Copyright © 1993 M. C. Beaton
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-0-312-93945-8


Chapter One

Agatha Raisin arrived at London's Heathrow Airport with a tan outside and a blush of shame inside. She felt an utter fool as she pushed her load of luggage towards the exit.

She had just spent two weeks in the Bahamas in pursuit of her handsome neighbour, James Lacey, who had let fall that he was going to holiday there at the Nassau Beach Hotel. Agatha in pursuit of a man was as ruthless as she had been in business. She had spent a great deal of money on a fascinating wardrobe, had slimmed furiously so as to be able to sport her rejuvenated middle-aged figure in a bikini, but there had been no sign of James Lacey. She had hired a car and toured the other hotels on the island to no avail. She had even called at the British High Commission in the hope they had heard of him. A few days before she was due to return, she had put a long-distance call through to Carsely, the village in the Cotswolds in which she lived, to the vicar's wife, Mrs. Bloxby, and had finally got around to asking for the whereabouts of James Lacey.

She still remembered Mrs. Bloxby's voice, strengthening and fading on a bad line, as if borne towards Agatha on the tide. "Mr. Lacey changed his plans at the very last minute. He decided to spend his vacation with afriend in Cairo. He did say he was going to the Bahamas, I remember, and Mrs. Mason said, 'What a surprise! That's where our Mrs. Raisin is going.' And the next thing we knew this friend in Egypt had invited him over."

How Agatha had squirmed and was still squirming. It was plain to her that he had changed his plans simply so as not to meet her. In retrospect, her pursuit of him had been rather blatant.

And there was another reason she had not enjoyed her holiday. She had put her cat, Hodge, a present from Detective Sergeant Bill Wong, into a cattery and somehow Agatha found she was worrying that the cat might have died.

At the Long-Stay Car-Park, she loaded in her luggage and then set out to drive to Carsely, wondering again why she had ever retired so young-well, these days early fifties was young-and sold her business to bury herself in a country village.

The cattery was outside Cirencester. She went up to the house and was greeted ungraciously by the thin rangy woman who owned the place. "Really, Mrs. Raisin," she said, "I am just going out. It would have been more considerate of you to phone."

"Get my animal ... now," said Agatha, glaring balefully, "and be quick about it."

The woman stalked off, affront in every line of her body. Soon she came back with Hodge mewling in his carrying basket. Totally deaf to further recriminations, Agatha paid the fee.

(Continues...)



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irishla More than 1 year ago
i didn't care much for this book. the story is a little unbelievable and the characters have no charm. the plot is different, but in agatha raisin style, lots of bungling.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the third Agatha Raisin book I've read and it's the weakest. It's classified as a Mystery, but the focus is mostly on Agatha's man-chasing. She's meaner here and more foolish too. The books are starting to be too much like a pattern format. Agatha chases a man; Agatha finds a body; Agatha bunbles around; Agatha almost gets killed. The police are invisible and no neighbors in this small tow notice Agatha breaking into homes. The worse part is when her cats are taken and the entire police force and everyone in her neighborhood get out to find....her CATS. It's too unbelievable. Agatha isn't very linteresting in this book. I check them out from the Library. With so few pages and very little plot that's new, I wouldn't buy this book..
ChickPriest More than 1 year ago
The book was a pleasant enough mystery. But do not read the excerpt which follows. It is for book 17 and contains what was a disappointing spoiler for me.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I like M C Beaton's books, either the Agatha Raisin or Hamish Macbeth series. She writes so I can just feel like I am in the village of Carsely. I like the townspeople and the local shops and restaurants. Agatha Raisin is a busybody but a funny busybody. The new Vet in town is dead, but is it an accident or murder? The police say accident but Agatha and her neighbor James Lacey think murder. They start asking questions and get in trouble with other people in the villege as welll as the police. The Vet had talked several women into giving him money, supposedly to build a new clinic and then he would name the clinic after them. The clinic was never started and some wanted their money back but the Vet refused. Could the murderer be, Mrs. Parr, Mrs. Mason, Freda, Miss Webster, Miss Simms or maybe, just maybe, someone else. The ending is very good with Agatha getting a good scare. A light mystery that is not full of gore and horror. I enjoy this series very much.
Anonymous 5 months ago
Would+have+liked+to+read+more.+Too+short%0Aa+story.
Mendoza on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
#2 in the very long running Agatha Raisen series. This same author also does the Hamish MacBeth series and writes under Marion Chesney doing Regency romances. I found this to be one of those books that kept me up far into the night as I read on to see what would happen next. The mystery itself does occasionally take a back seat to the characters but that is a common trait in these type of warm fuzzy mysteries and when the characters are as enjoyable as the ones in this book this trait is indeed a blessing and not a flaw.
madamejeanie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I like Agatha. She's just blunt enough to get to the pointas quickly as possible, but still likable enough that you care whathappens to her. She's described in the book as being a femalecurmudgeon, but I just find her to be human and honest. She seems alittle preoccupied with men in this book, but since we are still gettingto know her, perhaps that's not out of character for her. It seems oddthat a strong woman who succeeded in business alone and was able toretire at 50 would be daydreaming about kissing her bachelor next doorneighbor, but maybe she's decided that now is the time for romance inher life.Anyway, this is another mystery set in the tiny village in the Cotswoldwhere Agatha has gone to retire. A handsome, single new veterinarianhas arrived on the scene, setting hearts and eyelashes aflutter amongstall the females of the village. He seems to be wining and diningseveral of them at once until he's suddenly found dead in LordPendlebury's stable, a syringe full of horse tranquilizer sunk deep intohis chest. Was it a tragic accident, as the police seem to think, orcould there be a murderer about in the village? Who did it and why?Agatha mentions her doubts to the handsome chap next door and he decidesto help her sleuth out the truth. Agatha is more interested this timein spending time with the neighbor than she is in finding the murderer,but eventually the truth must come out. Will Agatha manage to get intothe neighbor's arms before they discover which lovely lady did theterrible deed? Will the murderer panic and kill again? Will Agatha'surges settle down in the next novel?This one wasn't as good as the first one was, but still a pleasantlittle read. It kept me company in the waiting room at the hospitalwhile my husband was having a heart cath on Tuesday. (He's fine, BTW.No problems.) This one is a 3.5
Kathy89 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
2nd in the Agatha series. Agatha is a combination Miss Marple and Jessica Fletcher as she goes about solving the case of her vetinarian's murder with the help of her neighbor James Lacey and Detective Bill Wong.
AJBraithwaite on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An easy-to-listen-to murder mystery with no great surprises. Agatha Raisin makes an engaging main character and her relationship with James Lacey is entertaining.
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Picked up the lab gently and set her/him on the inspection table.
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CheerfulCherub More than 1 year ago
Agatha is once again smitten by good looks in a middle-aged man. This time it's a vet who doesn't like cats and dogs, just larger farm animals. Usual, delightful M.C. Beaton style and a lot of fun!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would have liked the story to have been longer. As it was, it took me just a little over one night's reading to start and finish the book.
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If you have never read a mystery, these are the books for you. I never liked mystery, but these books are whimsical and easy to read.
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